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Women’s Awareness and Attitudes towards Labor Analgesia Influencing Practice between Developed and Developing Countries

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DOI: 10.4236/arsci.2016.42007    2,045 Downloads   2,914 Views Citations


Childbirth experience is one of the most intense pain that majority of women will endure during their lifetime. Concerns about pain in labor remain a hot topic, and its popularity gets more common day by day as more women become aware of their rights to achieve a better quality of care during labor. There are various non-pharmacologic (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, hydrotherapy, intradermal water injections and acupuncture) and pharmacologic treatments (nitrous oxide, opioids and regional analgesia techniques: spinal, epidural and combined epidural analgesia) available today. Among these, epidural analgesia offers the most effective form of pain relief and is considered to be the gold standard of labor analgesia. Despite having labor analgesic services, most women still go through painful labor due to lack of knowledge regarding it, particularly in developing countries. The main source of information regarding pain reliefs is from friends and relatives, revealing the lack of information from caregiver’s side. So this study reflects that there is a wide gap in the communication between pregnant women and obstetricians. It supports the fact that obstetricians through the practice of routinely offering labor analgesia can significantly improve the maternal and perinatal outcomes of pregnancy. Provision of standardized epidural analgesia information at an appropriate time in their pregnancy may benefit them by the practice of mutual decision-making. Thus, it may prevent women from making a difficult choice of cesarean section to avoid the fear of painful labor.

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Karn, S. , Yu, H. , Karna, S. , Chen, L. and Qiao, D. (2016) Women’s Awareness and Attitudes towards Labor Analgesia Influencing Practice between Developed and Developing Countries. Advances in Reproductive Sciences, 4, 46-52. doi: 10.4236/arsci.2016.42007.

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